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Summer Mission Site Director (Paid Internship)

Do you want to spend your summer being a part of something bigger than yourself? Do you want to make a lasting impact this summer?  

For 30 years, YouthWorks has helped Christian college students like you gain mission experience and develop their skills by hiring them to facilitate Christ-centered mission trips for teenagers. It’s not easy but the work is meaningful. God uses it to make a lasting impact in communities across the US and change the lives of teenagers. Because of the impact they make, our Summer Staff alumni tend to return summer after summer, and enter the mission field, ministry, and marketplace better equipped and with life-long friendships.

As you live in a new community and serve alongside other college students for the summer, you will...  

  • Develop into a leader who can confidently lead small and large groups through service opportunities, engage others across generations, and delegate tasks
  • Grow personally, professionally, and spiritually as you gain new skills and draw closer to God through all of the life-changing moments and challenges.
  • Inspire others as you engage with teenagers, help them experience God in a whole new way, and make an impact in the community you serve
  • Serve through respectful service that partners with communities in humility and friendship, as you lead teenagers and their youth leaders through a healthy mission trip experience.


Position Overview:  

  • Each YouthWorks mission site has 3 staff members – 2 Coordinators and 1 Director.

Site Directors: 

  • Facilitate respectful mission trip experiences while providing authentic leadership.
  • Manage and participate in the overall operations and programming of a site, including meal preparation, behind-the-scenes tasks and large group programming.
  • Supervise, encourage and coach a minimum of two Site Coordinators.
  • Provide leadership for Adult Leaders and help them process their mission week.
  • Develop meaningful relationships as they act as a liaison between YouthWorks and the community.
  • Oversee finances with integrity and maintain the overall spiritual focus of the mission site.
  • Play an important role in connecting teenagers to God, each other and communities.


  • College graduate or must have at least four years of post-high school experience*
  • Actively pursuing a relationship with Christ
  • Desire to serve the Church
  • Able to relate to youth
  • Model servant leadership
  • Have a teachable spirit
  • Previous leadership experience
  • Ability to lead a team
  • Management experience/ability
  • Must meet our driving requirements of being 20 years of age or older during YouthWorks summer dates and have a valid U.S. driver’s license
  • Previous YW summer staff experience is helpful but not required

*Alumni who meet all other qualifications other than college graduate or four years post-high school may be considered for a Site Director position.  


  • Starting at $4,500 + YouthWorks covers the cost of food, housing, and work related on transportation
  • Internship Credit available (for most universities)
  • $150 Bonus for qualified guitar, piano, or ukulele players who help facilitate worship on site*

Dates of Employment:  

  • The dates for summer employment are May 21st - August 7th
  • Staff must relocate to assigned community for the duration of the summer. YouthWorks will provide housing, food, and transportation costs while on site.


  • Select your top preferences from 15+ locations across the country
  • Including: Puerto Rico; Bayou La Batre, AL; Savannah, Georgia; Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina; Denver, Co; St.Louis, Missouri; Louisville, Kentucky; Logan County, West Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Niagara Falls, New York; Indianapolis, Indiana; Benton Harbor, Missouri; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Rapid City, South Dakota; Lake Traverse Reservation; South Dakota.


To Apply, please visit YouthWorks.Com/Summer-Staff  


Phone: 877-249-9904